Indie music licensing body Merlin has made a big impact since its launch six years ago, striking deals on behalf of its members with a host of digital services, and calling others out for refusing to engage before launch.
CEO Charles Caldas gave the keynote speech at today’s AIM Music Connected conference in London, outlining plans, opportunities and threats for indie labels in 2014 and beyond, while reserving some sharp words for YouTube.
More of that later. Caldas started by talking about streaming services in general, harking back to September 2008 when Merlin hammered Myspace Music in the press for launching without licensing independent labels. One month later, Merlin announced a deal with Spotify.